Are we Babylonian or Biblical? (Part Two)

Posted by Brian Hargett in Cross-Cultural Missions and Expeditions
I agree with our national director, E. Scott Martin. We are in the nascent stage of a great student awakening. A great student awakening sounds like fruitfulness and multiplication. Some important questions are “Why do we want it?” and “Why would God send it?” Is a great student awakening coming “so that we can make a name for ourselves” or is it so that we can mobilize disciple making students to the ends of the earth? Is our ministry vision…

Testimony: Every Tribe, Tongue, and Nation

Posted by Christina DiGirolamo in Chi Alpha Connection, Student, and XAi
Being a part of Chi Alpha allows me to be culturally enriched as I get to see many different attributes of God’s characteristics displayed through His people. It has given me the amazing opportunity to catch a glimpse of what Heaven will look like as I am able to meet students from different cultures and backgrounds. One of these students is Paola, who has and is still impacting my life. Being an international student from Ecuador, Paola was not taught good…

Welcoming the Nations into His Kingdom

Posted by Severin Lwali in Chi Alpha Connection, Cross-Cultural Missions, and XAi
When we become Christians, God welcomes us into His Kingdom and, through Scripture, invites us to duplicate that same welcome to people from all nations. In the Old Testament, God commanded Israel to reveal to all nations who He was by welcoming the foreigner in their midst. The New Testament brings into sharp focus the reason we welcome: we have been brought from a place of enmity with God into His family—a welcome provided by God through Jesus Christ. In…

A Life of Prayer

Posted by Paul York in Chi Alpha Connection and Student
The Son of God required constant prayerfulness and intensive times of focused prayer. To be human, according to Jesus’ example, is to be a creature who needs to be involved in regular, heartfelt prayer times with God, which helps us to enjoy, value, and glorify Him. Not only that, but prayer is for our own good as well: we should bring our lives constantly back into sync with the values and mission of God’s Kingdom through communication with Him. Even…

Giving: A Reflection of the Lord

Posted by Thomas Trask in Chi Alpha Connection and Student
As Christians, we all know we should give in every area of our lives: our time, talents, and treasure. It’s not a question of whether or not to give—what matters is the reason why we give. In 1 Chronicles 29, David understood giving makes an eternal impact, “We are here for only a moment… gone so soon without a trace.” David embraced the fact that we are temporary and what lasts are those things that become part of God’s omniscience.…

Are we Babylonian or Biblical? (Part One)

Posted by Brian Hargett in Cross-Cultural Missions and Expeditions
Have you ever considered how closely the Great Commission in Matthew 28 parallels the Genesis Assignment in Genesis 1? “Go and make disciples” sounds a lot like “Be fruitful and multiply.” “Of all nations” sounds a lot like “fill the earth,” and “teaching them to obey everything I’ve commanded” sounds a lot like “and subdue it (the earth.)” Throughout Scripture, we see God’s desire for His people to multiply and spread so the “earth will be filled with the knowledge…

Going with Joy

Posted by Brian Hargett in Chi Alpha Connection, Cross-Cultural Missions, Expeditions, and Student
Students going on mission is an outcome of healthy discipleship. The primary reason going is an outcome of healthy discipleship is because Spirit-filled disciples are joy-filled disciples (Acts 13:52, Gal 5:22). True joy cannot be contained. Tim Dearborn, author of Beyond Duty: A Passion for Christ, A Heart for Mission, says we shouldn’t be motivated by “bad news of sad problems” because we have experienced “good news of great joy.” We are tasked with making disciples who believe in the…

Go, Give, Pray, and Welcome

Posted by E. Scott Martin in Chi Alpha Connection, Cross-Cultural Missions, Expeditions, feedONE, Student, and XAi
We reconcile students to Christ, equipping them through Spirit-Filled communities of prayer, worship, fellowship, discipleship, and mission to transform the university, the marketplace, and the world. This clarion call has served as the marching orders for Chi Alpha since 1993. Taking our mission statement seriously, we had to ask how we could aid this transformation by reconciling students to Christ. The nearly 22,000 Chi Alpha students represents a potential formidable global missionary force. To change this missionary force from potential…

God's Dreams

Posted by Paul York in Student
Does God ever Dream? God is a Spirit, so he doesn’t have nightly REM dreams with his eyes shut. He doesn’t wake up wondering what His dream was about. He doesn’t dream that He is flying. He doesn’t have nightmares. But that doesn’t mean God doesn’t dream! Go to his Word and read with your heart wide open. Catch the rhythms, the recurring pattern that plays throughout the big story of the whole Bible. Calm your mind and read the…

Staying Christian in Ministry

Posted by Stefanie Chappell in Healthy Leaders
I have found that one of the hardest things about being in ministry (for me now for well over two decades) can be maintaining fervent faith. Yes, I just said that. The ministry is a wonderful calling—an adventure in walking with Christ that’s a little off the beaten path compared to many vocations. In being called to full time ministry, I have been invited to walk a path similar to the path Jesus walked—dependent on God through His people for…

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